Young People

Mental Health Problems Are 24 Hours A Day, Seven Days A Week - It's Time The Government Realised This

Matteo Bergamini | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Politics
Matteo Bergamini

Today is World Mental Health Day, and with conditions like depression and anxiety on the rise, especially amongst young people, it's one of the biggest issues we are facing as a society. By discussing mental health, it shows it's not a taboo subject and something that is not to be ashamed about if you are suffering. I am always trying to make sure that mental health is spoken about openly and lobby the Government for more funding and facilities for it, as I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health.

Support For Grooming Victims Like Corrie's Bethany Is Vital

Javed Khan | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Entertainment
Javed Khan

Having to tell your story over and over again means having to relive the trauma, and repeated questioning can mean that children feel like they are to blame for their own abuse. This can be hugely distressing for a child or young person who has already been through so much and can lead to them questioning whether anyone believes them.

Why The Labels We Give Young Women Matter

Naima Sakande | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Naima Sakande

'Slag'. 'Slut'. 'Sket'. 'Ting'. 'At-risk'. 'Vulnerable'. 'Exploited'. Whether you are listening to a group of young men discuss girls, or a professional working with young women, the labels are inescapable and pervasive.

Why Using Pornography To Learn About Sex Is Like Using GOT To Pass A History Exam

Liam Beattie | Posted 03.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Liam Beattie

I was recently in a busy NHS sexual health clinic in central London, having decided to undertake a regular sexual health screening. The waiting room was filled with people from all ages, and backgrounds.

Justine Greening: Tories Must Set Aside Negative Politics To Win Back Young Voters

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 01.10.2017 | UK Politics

Conservatives must ditch negative party politics if they want to win back young voters, according to education secretary Justine Greening. The cabinet...

Learning In The Dark - Is Our School Curriculum Fit For The Future

Sarah Weir OBE | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK Tech
Sarah Weir OBE

It's September and my social media is jam packed with photos of children heading back to school. For some, it is the very first time they will enter our education system. But what many of them don't know is that the jobs they will eventually find and settle into later down the line are not the jobs that exist today. 65% of children entering primary school this month will work in jobs in the future we don't even know about yet.

Are Teachers Turning A Blind Eye To Bullying?

Tracy Gladman | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK
Tracy Gladman

Bullying in schools has been going on for as long as we can remember. Whilst no one would condone it, it's hard to stop it from starting in the first...

Why We Need To Teach Pupils Sex Is Not Just About Warding Off Groomers And Avoiding STIs

Elsie Whittington | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK
Elsie Whittington

While everyone needs to be taught about consent, it needs to be done in a way that focuses on how more communication, although awkward to begin with, is likely to enable more pleasurable experiences in the longer run, rather than simply teaching that consent is important so that you don't get in trouble with the law. 

Young People Are Catalysts For Change: If Only You'd Listen

Alyssa Chassman | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK
Alyssa Chassman

Young folks are stuck behind their screens, instead becoming keyboard warriors, rather than feeling able to take action in their communities. And while there is some merit to being a keyboard warrior (hell, I'm doing it right now), thousands of young people are being neglected by the sector that they so desperately desire to be a part of.

Tackling The Mental Health Crisis Must Include Improving Support For Care Leavers

Javed Khan | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

Despite encouraging steps, the mental health crisis is not going to go away anytime soon. Not least for those who are particularly vulnerable, such as England's 26,340 young care leavers. Barnardo's runs 22 care leaver services across the UK, used by 2,000 in England, all of which aim to bridge the gap for children leaving care and moving into independent living.

It's Time To Make Staying Put Work

Kevin Williams | Posted 10.09.2017 | UK
Kevin Williams

Despite widespread acceptance that staying put is in children and young people's best interests, there have been a number of issues with implementation that have caused concern for all involved, have led to variability in policy, practice and participation at a local level, and have resulted in not enough young people staying put.

Young People Need Money, Not Memes

Daniel Wittenberg | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Politics
Daniel Wittenberg

The humiliation of June has clearly shown the Conservatives that we matter, but overturning seven years of anti-youth measures will take more than a smattering of tweets. We need a more liberal, imaginative kind of Tory. If May is willing be that kind of Conservative, young people can save her career. Crucially though, she could save the future of our young people.

We Need To Get More Young People Involved In Economics If We Are To Achieve Social Justice

Basit Mahmood | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK
Basit Mahmood

Yet many of the young people I speak to regarding their frustrations barely ever mention the ideology behind much of their woes, neoliberalism. The ideology that places it's faith in the market to achieve just outcomes, that champions deregulation and the privatisation of public services, values that contributed majorly to the financial crisis of 2007-08 from which the young and disadvantaged are still struggling to recover from.

Social Media Giants Must Do More To Tackle Cyberbullying

Sarah Brennan | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK
Sarah Brennan

We need to make sure that young people get the best out of the online world, and we need to work together to develop innovative ways to promote good mental health.

Young People, Social Media And The Fight For Social Justice

Gafar Kuku | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Gafar Kuku

Must we as a society wait around for someone to tell us what social justice looks like and whether or not it can look like more than one thing? It seems that young people have answered this question and are paving the way towards even more social justice

Can We Stay A Little Longer EU?

Jonelle Awomoyi | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Politics
Jonelle Awomoyi

Accountability in the British political system is questionable. Voters have little trust in their representatives as a result of lack of virtuous poli...

What Britain Can Learn From Young People Following Results Day

Mark Lund | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK
Mark Lund

The past fortnight has been a life defining period for many young people across the country. A Level and GCSE results are in and most will be contempl...

From Housing To Cheaper Flights: What The Tories Must Do To Win Millennial Votes

Matt Kilcoyne | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Politics
Matt Kilcoyne

As young people across the country open those examination results, they'll see a verdict on the work that they've put in over the past two years. In two years more, they will be of voting age, and it won't be long before they get to cast their verdict on British politicians. If the Tories want that to be a good thing for them, they'd better start showing they're taking young people's concerns seriously.

Why Going Dry Is The New High For Young People

Leah Sian Davies | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Leah Sian Davies

Last month I got to deliver a lunchtime talk to staff at Cardiff University about the change in attitudes to alcohol amongst young people. I find this topic fascinating because having spent 10 years working in the field of drug and alcohol addiction before starting my own business I'm noticing how much has changed in relation to alcohol.

All Young People Need To Ensure They Receive This Life-Saving Vaccine

Dr Tom Nutt | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Tom Nutt

At UK charity Meningitis Now we're campaigning for everyone who's eligible to take up their vaccine offers. We can't think of a good reason for young people not to get the ACWY vaccination, which protects them from four different strains of meningitis.

Political Literacy: An End To Apathy?

Matteo Bergamini | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Politics
Matteo Bergamini

It's the modern equivalent to the old proverb, 'give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life time'. In a similar fashion, if we ask them to vote, they will do it once before getting bored or disillusioned, but if we give them the tools to understand the system they will remain engaged for a lifetime.

We Need A Fairer Immigration System For Young People Who Have Grown Up In The UK

Kamena Dorling | Posted 13.08.2017 | UK
Kamena Dorling

As Brexit negotiations continue, and we wait to understand fully the fate of EU children and families in the UK, it is more important than ever that we ensure those who have grown up here are able to engage with the immigration system and build their futures in this country. Then we will all benefit from the full contribution of the motivated young people in our communities, and can truly celebrate inclusion and justice in this country.

In Challenging Times, We Need A Job Market That Works For Young People

Professor John Raftery | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK
Professor John Raftery

If just one of these pupils is inspired to start their own business, creating jobs and new opportunities for others, then we have succeeded. Making sure that there is a place in the job market for all our young people, no matter their beginnings, is at the heart of what universities should do. There are, I'm sure, similar stories from every university in the land. Surely it makes sense to listen to them?

18-25 Year Olds Aren't 'Adults' When It Comes To Mental Health

Bryan Blears | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK
Bryan Blears

It is time to recognise that 18-25 year olds aren't "adults" when it comes to mental health. Young people face a difficult transition from childhood to adult life, are squeezed by our economic system and face a wide range of pressures affecting their mental health. If special consideration applies to the mental health needs of older adults, surely it is the case that young people aged 18 to 25 deserve some recognition too.

At 16 You Can Have Sex With Your MP - But You Can't Vote For Them!

Cat Smith | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics
Cat Smith

To build a healthy democracy we need young people to be engaged and to feel valued. We also want out political system to recognise the abilities of young people, which is why votes at 16 is so important.